Aunt Lydia's Classic Crochet Thread Size 10 (250 yds): 1 ball each #805 Blue Hawaii (A), #995 Ocean (B)
US Size 7 (1.5mm) and 6 (1.6mm) steel crochet hooks, straight pins, stitch holders, tapestry needle
Size: 6" x 6"
Gauge: 25 sc and 25 rows = 3"
Note: Front and Back pieces may not match gauge exactly or be square prior to blocking.
Front (make 2)
Using size 7 (1.5 mm) hook, make 1 using A and 1 using B.
Row 1 (RS): Sc in back bump of 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn—50 sc.
Rows 2-5: Ch 1, sc in each st across. After Row 5, ch 51, turn.
Rows 6-50: Repeat Rows 1 -5 nine times. At end of Row 50, do not ch 51. Fasten off B.
Continue with A.
Using size 6 (1.6 mm) hook and A, ch 4, sl st to 1 st ch to form ring.
Round 1 (RS): Ch 3, [2 sc in ring, ch 2] 3 times, sc in ring, sl st to 1 st ch of beginning ch-3 to join—8 sts, 4 corner ch-2 spaces.
Round 2: Ch 3, sc in ch-3 space, [sc in next 2, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-2 space] 3 times, sc in next 2, sl st to 1 st ch of beginning ch-3 to join—16 sts, 4 corner ch-2 spaces.
Round 3: Ch 3, sc in ch-3 space, [sc in next 4, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-2 space] 3 times, sc in next 4, sl st to 1 st ch of beginning ch-3—24 sts, 4 corner ch-2 spaces.
Rounds 4-25: Ch 3, sc in ch-3 space, [sc in each st across to next ch-2 space, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 space] 3 times, sc in each st across to beginning ch-3 space, sl st to 1 st ch of beginning ch-3 to join—final st count—200 sts, 4 corner ch-2 spaces. Do not fasten off.
Joining Front Pieces
With RS up, place edges connecting strips of A and B at right angles. Weave strips over and under to form checkerboard pattern, and pin into position along outer edges. (It may be helpful to use stitch markers or pin pieces to a pillow or cushion while weaving.) Holding both layers together, sc sides of strips to ends of other strips where they meet, working 5 sc per strip as follows:
Using size 7 (1.5 mm) hook with A from Front piece, ch 1, *sc in 1 st st, place marker to mark corner, sc in same, work 49 sc evenly across side to next corner, turn work so next side is up; repeat from * 3 more times, sl st to 1st sc to join—204 sc. Fasten off.
Joining Front and Back
Front and Back may not be the same size, but they will fit together after blocking. With WS together and Front side up, match sts around edges of 2 pieces. Marked sts in Front corners will line up with Back corner spaces, use markers if needed. Work through both layers held together.
Using size 7 (1.5 mm) hook with A from Back piece, ch 1, *insert hook in marked Front corner sc and Back corner loop, 3 sc in corner, sc evenly across edge, turn work so next side is up; repeat from * three more times, at end of last side, sl st to 1 st sc to join.
Hanging Loop (Optional)
Do not turn, ch 15, skip sc, sl st in next sc, turn, sl st in each ch and sc at base of ch, turn, ch 1, 30 sc in ch-15 space, sl st to sc where loop ends. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Block hot pad by soaking in boiling water. Remove with a utensil and dip in cool water. Roll hot pad in a towel to soak up extra water. Lay flat on a padded surface and shape into a 6" square. Pin to surface and let dry.
Design by Nancy Nehring